After the events following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Robert Tracinksi of The Federalist is convinced that we need to repeal the 26th Amendment and raise the voting age back to 21.
Parkland students have since gone on television and advocated for gun control. Many people on the left are excited at the idea of lowering the voting age to 16.
Tracinski said, “But what I’ve seen from the teenagers getting the most television coverage has confirmed their poorly considered political views should not have binding power over anyone.”
David Hogg is one of the students receiving the most TV coverage…
A few days ago, Hogg responded to the unraveling of the Parkland narrative—the revelation that armed sheriff’s deputies had arrived at the shooting while it was in progress but made no attempt to stop the killer.
Hog has since excused the deputy, and asked, “Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15?”
Just a few days later, Hogg was on television again, blaming the deputy’s inaction on Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
These elected officials are the boss of these sheriff personnel and just like the president is the boss of the FBI, Governor Rick Scott is essentially the boss of Scott Israel, the sheriff, and as such he should be held accountable. He can’t just blame this on the bureaucracy and expect to get re-elected.
Tracinski went on to say, “Aside from the blatant contradiction of Hogg’s earlier views, the main thing you should notice about this statement is that it is factually wrong. Scott is not the ‘boss’ of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel any more than Scott is the ‘boss’ of the state’s mayors or legislators. The sheriff is an independently elected position.”
Instead of blaming Hogg for being uninformed and inconsistent, Tracinski opted to simply blame it on the fact that he is 17 years old.
He said, “His knowledge is incomplete and his judgment is under-developed.”
Tracinski concluded, “Dampening political passions and reducing the influence of demagogues is a good reason to keep children away from the ballot box. No, I don’t expect us to go back to a voting age of 21, if only because that would make it harder for one political party to win elections, and they know it. But at the very least those of us who are responsible adults can act like it and hold the line at 18.”
But at the very least if one can’t be responsible enough to buy a beer or buy a gun until they are 21, then are they responsible enough to vote?
Should we lower the voting age? Raise the voting age? Or simply leave it at 18 years old?
Let us know what you think below!
Credit: The Federalist